From the Buffalo Express, July 8, 2008
Buffalo's own daughter, Rebecca Robinson 24, won the title of
2008 Miss Texas at the Scholarship Pageant held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Fort
Worth. An exhilarated Rebecca received the crown from 2007 Miss Texas Molly
Hazlett of Centerville. Both Leon Co. women competed back to back and won as
"This is a great honor," said Leon Co. Judge Byron
Ryder. "All of Leon Co. is very proud"
The fourth run at the Miss Texas title for Rebecca, she
earned 4th runner up in 2005. She also won Miss Teen Texas in 2000 while a
junior at Buffalo High School. She is the daughter of Robbie & Reda Robinson and
granddaughter of Reuben & Vera Barnett of Buffalo and Nell Robinson of Mexia.
Rebecca is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University
where she received a degree in Spanish. Her pageant platform is Bilingual
Education. She plans to use her $10,000 pageant scholarship to study linguistics
in graduate school.
One of Rebecca's contest questions was whether building
a fence across the Mexican border was a good idea. Rebecca said "no", but
suggested that technology and other programs could help remove illegal
"It's been a roller coaster ride because I did not
place the first year, and then I was 4th runner-up and I dropped back out of the
top 20," said Rebecca, who noted that after several disappointments her decision
to run for a fourth and final time was very difficult. "I'm sure glad I did!"
Rebecca won the swimsuit and talent portions on the
second and third preliminary nights. For her talent, she tap-danced to the Royal
Crown Revue's Hey Pachuco.
Robinson will begin immediately preparing to represent
the Lone Star State in the Miss America Pageant to be held in Las Vegas in
January. Rebecca will also be featured in TLC's Miss America: Reality Check,
which is scheduled to begin filming in September.
The Miss Texas first runner-up was Faith Bates, Miss
Hunt Co. Sydney Capello was crowned Miss Teen Texas. Capello, who is Miss Teen
Duncanville, sang "Midnight Train to Georgia."
The Miss Teen Texas runner-up was Taylor Lowery, who is
Miss Teen Plano.
The pageant was Web cast live on the Miss Texas site.
Additional photos and information can be found on
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